Astrobiological view might help us save planet: Nice write up of EARTH IN HUMAN HANDS in the Register Guard.
“The first step for change, said Grinspoon, is to understand that “the past is no longer the key to the present.” Humanity faces threats that are fundamentally different from those of even 50 years ago, and to survive we must once again swiftly adjust our thinking and behavior.
Both tremendous invention and self-restraint will be required. This can happen if we always keep the picture of the Blue Marble front and center in our minds. Every decision and every project can then be grounded in the understanding that we live on a finite planet. We can then reorient our scientific and technological prowess to focus on how to live happy and meaningful lives by restoring rather than further degrading our only home.
Grinspoon calls this a much-needed new “planetary intelligence.” He closes his book by stating it is time to “human up.” It won’t be easy, and there will be much pain along the way. But he said he is confident we can make the changes. Given the many challenges we face, I welcomed Grinspoon’s optimism.”